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Here's your SF and Oakland online event calendar for Tuesday, June 16. Tune in to a conversation about COVID-19, policing, and inequality in Oakland; hear from three organizers of large protests against police brutality; or learn about vintage neon signs in the Tenderloin.
Youth Activism For Black Lives
Join the Museum of the African Diaspora for an online conversation with three young people who organized two of the largest protests against racism and police brutality in the Bay Area in recent weeks. Oakland's Xavier Brown and Akil Riley, both 19, planned a gathering that brought 15,000 people together in protest, while Simone Jacques, 17, of San Francisco organized a thousands-strong action in the Mission.
The trio will discuss their efforts with Veronica Garcia, who works with youth initiatives at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
When: Tuesday, June 16, 4 p.m.
How to join: Register in advance
A Path Forward with SFPD Chief Bill Scott & DA Chesa Boudin
In the midst of the ongoing protests, Mission-based community space Manny's will be bringing together SFPD Chief Bill Scott and District Attorney Chesa Boudin to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and the call for police reforms. What's the path forward? How can San Francisco lead? What are the solutions and how do we get there?
Following the conversation, participants will be asked to join a set of online breakout rooms with facilitators for a discussion on how to get involved.
When: Tuesday, June 16, 6 p.m.
How to join: Via Eventbrite
Price: $0 – $10 (sliding scale)
Oakland Voices Tonight: Cat Brooks on Race, Policing, and COVID
For an East Bay-centric look at the protests, tune in to this conversation with Cat Brooks, executive director of Justice Teams Network and co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project. Brooks led the fight for justice for Oscar Grant, who was killed by a BART police officer in 2009; here, she'll discuss how to radically transform the ways communities are policed and incarcerated.
When: Tuesday, June 16, 7 p.m.
How to join: Via Oakland Voices
Neon and Ghost Sign History Tour: Tenderloin East
In this one-hour virtual tour, SF Neon will showcase a selection of vintage neon signs and ghost signs (hand-painted advertisements left on buildings, often advertising long-gone products) in the Tenderloin.
Expect to see historic photographs, video clips, maps, and research compiled by SF Neon preservationists Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan, as well as Kasey Smith, creator of the SF Ghost Sign Mapping Project.
When: Tuesday, June 16, 7:45 p.m.
How to join: Via Eventbrite
Oakland Slam: Black Artists Showcase
This Oakland-based poetry slam is focusing on black writers for its latest edition, headlined by award-winning author and actress Meccamorphosis. A pre-show workshop will allow poets to hone their skills.
The event is a fundraiser for the Afro Urban Society, a creative community of artists and culture workers dedicated to celebrating the unique expressions of "Urban Africans" through performance and community activism.
When: Tuesday, June 16, 7:15 p.m.
How to join: Via YouTube
Price: Free, donations are welcome